Two children in every 1000 in the UK suffer cerebral palsy, which is a non-progressive disorder of movement caused by damage to the brain before, during or immediately after birth. There are many causes, such as a lack of oxygen, jaundice or infection and the underlying brain damage is permanent.
Approximately 10% of cerebral palsy claims are attributed to complications at birth. In some of those cases different management might have avoided such injuries at birth. Where there has been avoidable birth injury and it can be shown that doctors or midwives fell short of the standard expected of them, a claim for damages for cerebral palsy is possible.
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Dedicated Team Of Solicitors Specialising In Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy claims can be extremely complex cases to investigate and Irwin Mitchell has a dedicated team of solicitors who specialise in these types of cases. They will work towards achieving a settlement which will give the child financial security for life and funds to pay for the best care and equipment to improve quality of life. Whilst the case is being investigated, Irwin Mitchell can also advise parents on obtaining as much support and financial assistance as possible, through out client liaison manager and voluntary sector liaison manager.
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Time Limits Apply For Your Legal Claim
If you want to investigate a compensation claim for a child with cerebral palsy it is very likely that the child will be eligible in his/her own right to have that investigation funded by Public Funding (Legal Aid) from the Legal Services Commission. Whilst there is a three-year time limitation period for claims in adults, that three-year period begins at the age of 18, so birth injuries claims must be made before a claimant reaches the age of 21. Even after 21, some people may still be able to bring a claim if they are incapable of looking after their own affairs. However, the sooner you seek legal advice the better, as this often makes investigation easier.
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